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5 Skincare Tips for Oily Skin

Summer is just around the corner, and with temperatures heating up, us with oily prone skin are dreading the heat! But, this doesn’t have to be the case! Here are some tips on caring for your oily prone skin in the heat of the summer.

Why does our skin produce oil?

The skin produces oil called sebum for two very important reasons– it provides lubrication as well as nourishment/ protection to the surface of the skin. While the shininess may be increasingly annoying, it actually causes the skin to age slower in comparison to its dryer counterpart, moisturized skin reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles! The primary reason for the prevalence of sebum is to keep the skin healthy and operating like a well oiled machine– get it?

What causes the excessive production of oil?

Excessive oil production can occur for a number of reasons including genetics, hormones, and dehydration. While dehydration isn’t the leading cause for oiliness many leading dermatologists believe that many do not have only skin but are just dehydrated. When the body needs water, it forces itself to overcompensate to keep itself moisturized and lubricated, and in this case with sebum on the skin’s surface.

So How can You Care for it?

1. Look for a Gentle Cleanser

Cleansing your skin correctly in the morning and night time can make a huge difference in its oil production. Gentle cleansing helps to remove any excess oil from the skin that may build up and cause breakouts. Many believe that they need to use a strong or harsh face wash  to dry out their skin. However, this can actually  irritate your skin and trigger increased oil production because your skin thinks its dry!  Instead, look for a mild, gentle, and balancing  face wash.

2. Let your Skin Breathe Overnight

Its important to let your skin sit in its natural skin over your period of sleep! Dont clog your pores with thick creams and serums, a light oil will suffice! Additionally, do not sleep in your makeup, you should always remove it to avoid the over production of oils or clogged pores!

3. Dont Touch your Face Throughout the Day

Although it’s tempting to touch your face, to scratch, touch up, and remove oil  doing so can spread that same dirt, oil and bacteria from your hands to your face. Only touch your face when its necessary, such as when you’re cleansing, moisturizing or applying sunscreen or makeup, and make sure your hands are squeaky clean first! use blotting papers throughout the day. Gently press the paper against your face and leave it on for a few seconds to absorb the oil. Don’t rub the paper on your face, as this will spread the oil to other areas.

4. Wear Sunscreen

Wearing sunscreen outdoors can help to prevent sun damage that could lead to wrinkles, age spots and even skin cancer. To prevent acne breakouts, look for sunscreens that contain zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, and avoid those that contain fragrance or oils as they can be irritating. 

5. Exfoliate Once a Week

One of the best tricks to decrease oil production is to exfoliate once a week with a mild oily skin scrub. Exfoliating keeps the excess oil in check, removes dead skin, and clears the pores, especially areas prone to whiteheads and blackheads, like the nose and chin area. Be sure to find a gentle exfoliator and to scrub your face gently and softly to avoid irritation and inflammation.

Although this is a widely known fact when it comes to skin care, drink lots of water! The human body is roughly 60% water, its so important to keep yourself hydrated so your body may keep itself regulated!